Serves: Makes 4 servings (as an appetizer or side dish)
- ⅔ cup fresh cranberries
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- 3 navel or blood oranges (or a mix)
- 1 fennel bulb
- ¼ small red onion
- 1 small Granny Smith apple
- 2 tablespoons coarsely chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
- 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
- 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
- ½ teaspoon kosher salt, plus a pinch
- Freshly ground black pepper
- Set a cutting board in a large rimmed baking sheet (to catch any runaway cranberries). Cut the berries in half, cupping your hand over the spine of the knife to help prevent berries from popping off the board. Continue chopping them to medium-coarse pieces, as for a relish. Put the cranberries in a small bowl and toss with the sugar. Let macerate for about 20 minutes as you prepare the rest of the ingredients.
- Working over a bowl, segment the oranges. Pick out any stray seeds. Separate the orange segments from their juice, reserving both in separate bowls.
- Peel away the outer layer of fennel if it is scuffed up or very fibrous. Quarter and core the fennel, and cut it into very thin crosswise slices; you should have 2 to 2½ cups. Put the fennel in a large bowl. Cut the onion into very thin crosswise slices until you get 1¼ cup, and add it to the bowl.
- Peel the apple and cut it into ⅜-inch-thick slices. Cut the slices into ⅜- inch julienne strips and then crosswise into ⅜-inch dice; you should have 1 cup. add the apple to the bowl with the fennel. add the parsley to the bowl as well.
- Combine the olive oil, vinegar, and a generous pinch of salt in a small dish. Pour the reserved orange juice into a very small saucepan. Give the orange segments a gentle squeeze to release additional juice and add the juices to the pan. bring the juice to a simmer and let it reduce down to a thin, syrupy consistency, 2 to 3 minutes; you should have about 1 tablespoon of juice. add it to the oil mixture.
- Sprinkle the fennel mixture with the ½ teaspoon salt and a few grinds of pepper. Scrape the cranberries, along with any juices, into the bowl. add the orange segments (but not their juices, if any) and toss gently. Whisk the dressing and drizzle it over the salad. Toss to coat. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes or up to 12 hours. Taste and add salt if needed before serving.